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Blog // Sounds
May 8, 2005

Chord Cafe

Going through my old music files over the past couple of months, it has struck me that I’ve been trying to write a book on guitar playing for a very long time. I’ve stumbled over an array of different plans, outlines, old blogposts and drafts. Reading this stuff has been like an archeological excavation through […]

Going through my old music files over the past couple of months, it has struck me that I’ve been trying to write a book on guitar playing for a very long time. I’ve stumbled over an array of different plans, outlines, old blogposts and drafts. Reading this stuff has been like an archeological excavation through the different genres and contexts of my musical experience.

So today I offer a draft of what I hope will become my book on guitar playing. I’ve gone with the working title of Chord Cafe (I used that title on the previous version of this blog) and chapter one (pdf file) is available now. There is more than enough material stockpiled and I hope to put this together as a self-published book, together with a CD for the examples.

In a way, I’ve started at the middle and I’ve focussed on chord playing. In part I’m trying to share from my strength as a musican, but also, I hope this will represent an interesting and different trajectory for these “lessons.” Please feel free to leave comments if you find these helpful (or help me realise my mistakes). Happy strumming.

Responses
Roger 18 years ago

Sweet! I am getting ready to start giving guitar lessons and possibly open a music store in our small town as a primary source of income. I have about 7 students right now, with some on the waiting list. I figure about 20 students and selling equipment should help out the family budget….

Toni 18 years ago

Hey Fern, great idea.

You’re a finger style player, aren’t you?

f 18 years ago

Both fingerstyle and pick. One bit of feedback I have gotten from a couple of online discussions through other channels, is that I need to add a lesson somewhere (and soon) on how to mute sucessfully for playing these shapes with a pick.

Oh and Roger; all the best with the teaching. 20 students is quite a load (back when I taught I never had more than a dozen on the go at any one time). Hope it goes well for you.

CS/Slacker 18 years ago

I found this really helpful. Please finish it, I’ll have one.

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